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Brazil's Landless Workers Movement Invaded Farms Owned by Temer's Friend

07/26/2017 - 09h59

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GABRIELA SÁ PESSOA
FROM SÃO PAULO

KAROL GARCIA
FOLHA CONTRIBUTOR, IN RONDONÓPOLIS (MT)

SÉRGIO RANGEL
FROM RIO

BRUNO MESTRINELLI
FOLHA CONTRIBUTOR, IN DUARTINA (SP)

Brazil's Landless Workers Movement (known by its Portuguese acronym as MST) invaded on Tuesday (25) a series of farms linked to politicians and businessmen investigated on suspicion of corruption.

Among them are properties owned by the Minister of Agriculture, Blairo Maggi; Ricardo Teixeira, former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation; and Colonel João Baptista Lima, a friend of President Michel Temer.

The federal government was the main target of the movement's criticism during the invasions. "We cannot cower in the face of a corrupt, coupist government past its expiration date," said João Pedro Stedile, the organization's leader.

The MST says that Lima acts as a stooge from Temer and that the farm belongs to the president. "This farm is symbolic because it belongs to a stooge of coupist president Temer, it has been occupied other times. We want land reform in the land of the corrupt."

Judge Luís Augusto da Silva Campoy of Duartina accepted the action of repossession of the farm. He relied on the decision of repossession after the previous invasion in 2016.

Translated by MARINA DELLA VALLE

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Mídia Ninja
Members of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) invaded farms linked to politicians and businessmen investigated on suspicion of corruption
Members of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) invaded farms linked to politicians and businessmen investigated on suspicion of corruption

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